Lo-fi showcase not to miss...Wavves, Woods, Popo, and Real Estate are not on tour together, but will unite for one special night in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom, July 15 at 7 PM.
Popo are a trio of brothers from Philadelphia who sing, shout and mumble their way through weird, fuzzy songs about alienation and violent fantasies. In the past they have released a self-titled album from Buddyhead Records, and claimed to be a post-hip hop band who went by the names Pops Ghostly, Fullscreen, Blue Bishi and Hamstar. After evidently losing one band member, Hassan, Zeb and Shoaib Malik recently signed to Diplo’s budding label, Mad Decent and released a 7” for “Kill Tonight,” a catchy lo-fi anthem of frustration and destruction that has brought comparisons to the show’s headliner, Wavves and opening slots for Philly’s Spank Rock. Heavy bass and drums keep the song and its b-side, “Feel Good Song of the Year” dark and foreboding. Check out their interview with the whole Mad Decent family in this month’s Fader, and Popo’s archives of live performances here
Real Estate are a band that no one seems to know about, but at the same time, everyone is talking about. This summer they’ve showed up all over the New York City club circuit, turning heads at the fourth of July Woodsist/Captured tracks festival, and opening for Titus Andronicus at the Whitney plus lining up several other shows in July. Perhaps that’s because their music is the perfect soundtrack to summer—soothing and layered like so many tides crashing in on a beach. They have several 7” out whose songs about chilling out, drinking and swimming are featured on Real Estate's MySpace.
Jeremy Earl’s falsetto crooning helps to neutralize and in a sense calm down the wacky distorted guitar licks and jangly psych-folk silliness of Woods’ latest Songs of Shame (Shrimper/Woodsist). The album is primarily a collaboration between Earl and his Menenguar bandmate Jarvis Taveniere, who brings more country to the table from his work with Wooden Wand. Lo-fi and hazy nonetheless, Woods’ music is warmer and more rustic than many of their Brooklyn peers. Their ‘songs of shame’ range from melancholic to melodic, but are always full of soul. This show is an early stop on their tour with Swedish folk-rockers Dungen and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile.
Nathan Williams, who goes by the musical moniker Wavves, is a character. This spring the eccentric San Diego-based musician/party animal suffered a breakdown in Barcelona that spurred the cancellation of the rest of their tour in support of Williams’ (sort of) eponymous sophomore album, Wavvves (Fat Possum). Personal problems aside, it’s a great piece of music; a frenetic collection of hazy noise-pop tunes with possibly the most intensely fuzzy lo-fi production out there. This show marks their return to the stage before they play the Pitchfork Festival on Saturday.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7 PM
6 Delancey St
New York City NY 10002